02 December 2013

Cold Drip Coffee with Tess Presso at Brendan Noble's

Brendan Noble's
661-663 North Road 
VIC 3204

It was a great pleasure to spend some time with Tess Presso last week. She has set up a brew bar in the corner of the show room at Brendan Noble's (fine furniture and restoration).
Tess is deeply passionate about the origin of coffee. The brew bar has been set up to offer coffee to customers, which of course leads to discussion about coffee and it's unique flavour profiles. Tess loves to offer different coffee from a range of coffee importers and roasters in order to ensure constant renewal. Tess's speciality is cold drip coffee. I was treated to a tasting of three different coffee's all served cold from the fridge, and poured out over ice. This is not the flat white I am used to! This is more like a liqueur with subtle sweet complexities and no bitterness.

I asked to see the workshop out back too, to fully understand Tess's business. Here I meet Brendan Noble, furniture restorer and was treated to delights of a different kind. Brendan is a master craftsman that turns his hand to anything from hand carving, to bespoke cabinetry to hand-painting restored singer sewing machines. It was a delight to see what Brendan has been working on and to know that there is still demand for quality craftsmanship. His customers range from the Melbourne Museum to locals requiring repair of antiques to commercial clients commissioning bespoke pieces.

Tess is the latest stockest of Espresso Tales, if in the area, pop in on them!


  1. espresso pots are stove top espresso makers that are sometimes referred to as percolators or Moka pots.

  2. Cold Drip Coffee is one of my favorites! And having it as a business is good too. I wish I know Tess' recipe on her cold drip coffee so I could try it on my coffee maker.
    Anyway, thank you for this blog. I love it!
    Welcome to Espresso Tales Tess..